Ed Sheeran announces plans to ditch the loop pedal

Ed Sheeran performs live
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There is no artist quote so synonymous with the loop pedal as Ed Sheeran, yet the much-lauded UK singer-songwriter has announced plans to abandon the setup he used to single-handedly perform his record-breaking tours.

Closing the final night of his 260-gig Divide tour at Ipswich’s Chantry Park, Sheeran told fans, “This might be the last loop pedal gig,” according to the BBC.

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Michael Astley-Brown
Editor-in-Chief, GuitarWorld.com

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.